BigWigs & New Gigs: Agriculture
AgReliant Genetics Names VP
AgReliant Genetics has named Sarah Oznick vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. She will lead the company's legal and compliance departments. Oznick joined AgReliant in 2016 and was promoted to deputy general counsel in 2018. She previously served as associate general counsel at TCS Education System.
AgReliant Genetics Names CFO
Westfield-based AgReliant Genetics has named Vanessa Baughman chief financial officer, vice president of finance. She will also be a member of AgReliant Genetics' operating committee and participate in strategic and operational planning and decisions. Baughman has more than 25 years of finance and accounting experience.
DowDuPont Announces Senior Leaders
DowDuPont has announced the senior leaders of the independent companies that will be created following the separation of its Agriculture (Corteva Agriscience) and Specialty Products (DuPont) Divisions, which is expected to occur by June 1, 2019. The senior leaders of Corteva Agriscience include: James Collins Jr. (pictured), CEO; Greg Friedman, executive vice president, chief financial officer and Cornel Fuerer, senior vice president, general counsel.
Ag Organizations Hire Media Relations Manager
The Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Corn Growers Association have named Dave Blower Jr. news and media relations manager. For more than 18 years, he has worked as senior editor of the Farm World newspaper, a weekly publication that serves the farmers of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.
Seger Named State Ag Department Deputy Director
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has named Jordan Seger deputy director. He has been with ISDA since 2011 and was director of the Division of Soil Conservation. Seger previously worked with the National Park Service in Maine and Alaska, and the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor's degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Superior Ag Appoints Controller
Superior Ag has appointed Becky Newlin controller. She has an extensive background in finance and has served as senior director of finance at United Benefits Advisors in Chicago since 2013. Newlin has also served as an accounting manager for well-established companies since 1999.
AgriNovus Indiana Announces Leadership and Staffing Additions
AgriNovus Indiana, the state's initiative to advance the agbiosciences, has announced Beth Bechdol, who has served as president and CEO in a contract capacity since it began in 2015, will now take on that role full-time. Bechdol had split her time between AgriNovus with her role at Ice Miller LLP, where she served as director of agribusiness strategies. Also, Bridget O’Reilly has been named digital media manager.
Superior Ag Promotes Hoffman to Plant Manager
Huntingburg-based Superior Ag has promoted Danny Hoffman to feed mill plant manager for the Dale Feed Mill Facility, which is scheduled to begin production in late May. In his new role, he will continue to serve customers who do business at the Jasper Feed Mill, along with the responsibilities of operations for the new feed mill, including safety, receiving, manufacturing, delivery, quality, cost and employee relations.
arcDESIGN Promotes Arambula to Principal
Indianapolis-based architectural and interior design firm arcDESIGN has promoted Alonso Arambula to principal. He joined the company as a graduate architect in 2009 and became a registered architect three years later. As principal, Arambula will also lead the strategic direction on technology for the firm.
Soy Aquaculture Alliance Names Executive Director
The Soy Aquaculture Alliance has named Andy Tauer as executive director. He had been serving in the role on an interim basis. Tauer also previously served as director of livestock & aquaculture for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council. He has worked with industry partners to grow value-added soybean demand through increased livestock and aquaculture in the state of Indiana.
ISDA Adds to Public Affairs Team
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has hired Jeff Cummins as director of the Division of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Katie Nelson will serve as program manager. Cummins graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Communications, and from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Nelson graduated this past December from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Jay-Crew Announces Promotion
Muncie-based Jay Crew has promoted Cheryl Crabtree to relationship manager. She will also market the company's full-service commercial landscape management to potential clients and oversees various special project management duties. Crabtree, a graduate of Ball State University, began working for the flower maintenance team in 2012.
Indiana Grown Hires Manager
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture's Indiana Grown initiative has named Heather Tallman (pictured) member development program manager. She founded her own food media company, Kitchen Sink Media Inc. Also, Julie Golliher and Jen Desormier have joined the Indiana Grown team as representatives. Golliher previously co-managed her family farm in Cambridge City. Desormier’s background includes sales and customer relationship management.
National FFA Strategic Communications Director to Retire
The National FFA Organization says Strategic Communications Director Bill Stagg will retire at the end of the month. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he began his career with the organization in Alexandria, Virginia in 1978. For 38 years, Stagg has been dedicated to living the FFA motto, "Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve."
Frazier Named Reynolds CEO
Hamilton County-based Reynolds Farm Equipment has promoted Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Frazier (pictured) to chief executive officer and Angela Hungate, owner Gary Reynolds' daughter and a 30-year company veteran, has been promoted to president. Gary will transition to chairman of the board once Frazier takes the helm.
Traders Point Creamery Appoints First CEO
Traders Point Creamery has appointed Mark Vander Kooy its first chief executive officer. Vander Kooy has more than 25 years of experience in creating, managing and growing revenue in a variety of industries. In 2001, he founded Asset Forwarding Corp., providing electronic recycling services to corporate clients. After a successful acquisition, Vander Kooy founded T-9Group and has acquired Indy Express.
Market Reporting Program Names Director
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, launched Indiana's first Market Reporting Program. Gordon Lowry was appointed director of the program. He was recently hired by ISDA and is certified through USDA as a market reporter. Lowry graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences and has more than 40 years of experience in the livestock industry.
Midwest Fertilizer Co. Names President and CEO
Midwest Fertilizer Co. LLC has appointed Les Wright interim president and chief executive officer. He replaces Mike Chorlton who announced his retirement from the company. Chorlton will remain involved with the fertilizer manufacturing company as a consultant. In addition to serving as interim president and CEO, Wright will remain chief financial officer for the company.
Superior Ag Resources Adds to Leadership Team
Superior Ag Resources has added to its leadership team. Bob Calles has been named branch manager for the Petersburg location. He most recently managed two facilities for Crop Production Services. Nick Michel (pictured) was promoted to grain division manager. He will continue to serve customers at the Princeton and Huntingburg grain locations. Megan Hasenour was named marketing & communications specialist.
Indiana FFA Announces Officers
The Indiana FFA Organization has announced its officers for the upcoming year. The seven selected were confirmed on the final day of the 87th state convention. The officers were chosen from a group of their peers. This year's convention has taken place this week at Purdue University. The officers will serve a one-year term.
FieldWatch Inc. Names CEO
West Lafayette-based FieldWatch Inc. has named Stephanie Regagnon chief executive officer. She currently serves as president of AGR Advisors LLC in St. Louis. Regagnon also previously held executive positions with companies including Monsanto and Waste Management. She also helped form and launch the Honey Bee Health Coalition.
National FFA Names CEO
The Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation have named Mark Poeschl chief executive officer. He will lead both organizations beginning August 1. Poeschl currently serves as a vice president at Cargill Animal Nutrition in Ohio. He is also a former FFA member and former state FFA president from Nebraska.
Berg to Take Part in Ag Leadership Program
Amy Berg, an associate with Ice Miller LLP's Food and Agribusiness Group, has been selected for Class 17 of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program through the AgrIInstitute. She previously worked as a project manager in the State Cleanup Section of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Land Quality.
Indiana Farmer Elected to National Leadership Position
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has elected Joe Baldwin to the Nominating Committee. The NPPC uses a Nominating Committee to seek candidates for appointment to the NPPC leadership positions. He holds a management position with Maxwell Farms of Indiana, located in Hagerstown.
AgriNovus Expands Committee and Forms Innovation Council
AgriNovus Indiana, a Central Indiana Corp. Partnership sector initiative for the agbiosciences sector, has expanded its executive steering committee to 20 members. Five stakeholders who will serve on the committee include: Steven Braun, Sherilyn Emberton, William (Bill) Johnson, Randy Reichmann and Jonathan Weinzapfel. AgriNovus has also developed an Innovation Council.
Indiana Grown Names Director, Manager
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has promoted David King to director of the Indiana Grown initiative and Suzi Spahr as program manager. King has been with the ISDA since 2014 where he has served as local foods program manager, overseeing programs including Indiana Grown and Food Hubs. Spahr also joined the ISDA in 2014, serving as executive assistant and supporting Indiana Grown's operations.
Indiana Soybean Alliance Names Officers
The Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors has named its 2016 officers. They include: Don Wyss, vice president; Elaine Gillis, secretary; Joe Tuholski, treasurer; Matt Chapman, grain production and utilization committee chair; Jim Douglas, marketing and communication committee chair and Jeanette Merritt, membership and policy committee chair.
Merritt Joins Indiana Pork
Jeanette Merritt has joined Indiana Pork as director of checkoff programs. She is a fourth generation hog and grain farmer in Miami County. Merritt has held numerous positions in the Hoosier agriculture industry, most recently as marketing director for the Indiana Wine industry.